Hazel Modella Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Peggy Cook and Jude Tolar. Peggy Cook began her formal study of art over forty years ago at the University of Kansas. Working primarily in pastel and oils, Peggy Cook depicts her world in vibrant color. She draws her inspiration from a myriad of sources, lively Jazz street performers in New Orleans, to the pristine gardens of Cornwall, England, to the Aspen trees of Colorado. Cook will often begin her work with a question, such as how to make a seemingly endless field of green alive with color or how to brighten a dirty city street. With the endless possibilities that color provides, Cook’s work powerfully transforms the picture plane.
Peggy Cook lives and works in Stillwater, OK. Cook earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wichita State University in 1981. Peggy was awarded a scholarship in 2000 to study under master pastelist Ramon Kelley of Denver, Colorado. She has maintained her practice over the last 40 years with the support of her peers within the community. Most recently, Cook has been awarded first place in the Stillwater Art Guild 2017 Spring Art Show in advanced pastel painting; first placement in the Oklahoma Pastel Society Annual Show in 2016 in the figure category, and an Award of Merit from the Heartland Pastel Exhibition. Her work has been exhibited at the Heartland Pastel Exhibition in Kansas; the Prairie Village Art Show in Prairie Village, Kansas, and at Art Westport, Kansas City, Missouri. This is Cook’s first exhibition with the gallery. Working within a tradition dating back to the Barbizon School of Realism in painting and the Hudson River School, Jude Tolar works en plein air with the natural conditions and limitations of light and shadow. Working primarily with pastel, Tolar’s pieces are lyrical and representational, celebrating beauty and joy in the natural world. Tolar has studied extensively with Clive Tyler, a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, along with other notable artists such as Stephanie Birdsall, Terri Ford, Debby Kaspari, and Rita Kirkman, among others. Jude Tolar lives and works in Stillwater, OK. After earning a psychology degree from Oklahoma State University, Tolar’s professional life turned to graphic design and illustration. Tolar has received numerous awards for her work including five Best of Shows along with two awards in PleinAir Magazine’s PleinAir Salon competitions. Tolar is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and of the Oklahoma Art Guild; and a member of the American Impressionist Society; the Oklahoma Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of New Mexico. This is Tolar’s first exhibition with the gallery.
Peggy Cook and Jude Tolar will be presenting an artist talk and demo in the gallery on June 29th at 7pm. Please join us!